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Welcome Weekend

What to Expect | Requirements | Schedule | Other Info

What to expect

Welcome Weekend 2020 kicks off on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020.

Each student will be part of a Delta Group. These are small groups led by an upper-class student leader. Your first Delta Group will be at 3 p.m. Friday. Starting with that group, you will be involved in Welcome Weekend throughout the whole weekend.

Welcome Weekend is mandatory for all new first-year students. It is full of lots of fun programs, activities, and conversations that will help you connect well to this community and give you what you need to hit the ground running! You will have required events every day.  

If you have a disability or chronic medical condition that may affect your ability to participate fully and richly in Welcome Weekend, please contact the Center for Equal Access and ask for Melissa Watschke at (218) 723-6747 or (218) 723-6790 (TTY/TDD) or access@css.edu. It is important that you contact her at least two weeks before Welcome Weekend if possible.

Welcome Weekend is a great introduction to life at The College of St. Scholastica. During this time you will:

  • have a ton of fun!
  • become familiar with your new home at CSS
  • make new friends and connect with a number of the diverse people who make up this community
  • meet faculty and staff
  • find ways to be involved and make connections that get you started
  • learn more about academic success strategies
  • be familiar with the student support services that exist at CSS
  • experience our Benedictine values in action and explore further what it means to live them every day

Requirements

Is Scholastica Welcome Weekend required? 

Welcome Weekend is a required program and attendance is integral to your transition from high school to the College of St. Scholastica. The choice to attend is similar to the decisions you'll be making every day of your college experience — whether to attend class or not, whether to participate in on-campus events or not, or whether to have a positive attitude or not. Just like regular class attendance has a positive impact on academic success, attending Welcome Week will enhance your academic experience by helping you get acquainted with CSS and build a sense of community (one of our values). We encourage you to attend all the sessions and events. Get to know your classmates and start making new friends and memories.

And remember, you have your first real Dignitas class on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 6!


Schedule 2020

Check out the 2020 schedule of Welcome Week activities. Some of the events are mandatory each year and are indicated with bold titles. To ensure proper physical distancing and safety, students will be split into 3 groups (#SAINTSRISEUP, #SAINTSTRONG and #CSSBLUECREW) during Welcome Weekend required events. All meals and activities during Welcome Weekend are free.

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saints Shop Open
Tower Hall

7 a.m.-midnight
Technology Helpdesk
T2400 hallway

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Onestop/Financial Aid Assistance
First Floor Tower Hall

9-11 a.m. and noon-2 p.m.
Move into your new St. Scholastica home and check in for Welcome Week
Lot 5 and Somers Hall

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Free frozen treats for everyone
From Campus Ministry
Alpha Chi Lawn (outside between Somers Hall and Tower Hall)

11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Enjoy a free lunch for new students and families
Greenview Dining Room, Somers Hall
Get tickets at welcome table

3-3:45 p.m.
Parent council reception
Benedictine Commons (Science Center)


#SAINTSRISEUP
2:30 p.m.
Welcome to the neighborhood
Mitchell Auditorium

4 p.m.
Delta groups
Meet in assigned location (check name tag)

5 p.m.
Celebration dinner
Greenview Dining Room

6 p.m.
Delta groups
Delta Locations


#SAINTSSTRONG
2:30 p.m.
Delta groups
Delta Locations

4 p.m.
Welcome to the neighborhood
Mitchell Auditorium

5:30 p.m.
Delta groups
Delta Locations

6 p.m.
Celebration dinner
Greenview Dining Room


#CSSBLUECREW
2:30 p.m.
Delta groups
Meet in assigned location (check name tag)

4 p.m.
Celebration dinner
Greenview Dining Room

5 p.m.
Delta groups
Delta Locations

5:30 p.m.
Welcome to the neighborhood
Mitchell Auditorium


7-8 p.m.
Reslife wing meeting and commuting student meeting
Sit Outside Your Dorm Door with Your Mask On!
Commuters meet in Somers Main Lounge

8-9:30 p.m.
Virtual playfair

9:30 p.m.
Block party with a reggae band, bonfire snacks and more!
Groves Lawn

8 a.m.-noon
Technology Helpdesk
T2400 hallway

8-9 a.m.
Breakfast
Greenview Dining Room

9:30-10 a.m.
Delta groups


#SAINTSRISEUP
10-11:15 a.m.
Welcome to the neighborhood: building relationships to last with Sarah Stewart

Mitchell Auditorium

Noon
Lunch

Greenview Dining Room


#SAINTSSTRONG
11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Welcome to the neighborhood: building relationships to last with Sarah Stewart

Mitchell Auditorium

1 p.m.
Lunch

Greenview Dining Room


#CSSBLUECREW
11 a.m.
Lunch

Greenview Dining Room

12:45-2:00 p.m.
Welcome to the neighborhood: building relationships to last with Sarah Stewart

Mitchell Auditorium


10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Intramurals kickoff! Yard games galore!
Enjoy games, snacks, and company while not in an event!
Science Front Lawn

2-3:30 p.m.
Loving our neighbor; what this means at CSS — safety, respect and community
For yourself and others to learn more strategies to take responsibility for your safety and health in college.
Delta Locations

4:30-6:30 p.m.
Floor family dinners
Greenview Dining Room

7:30-11 p.m.
Game Night (nerd nite)
Settlers of Catan, Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons and Dragons, Exploding Kittens and more
Student Union and The Port

10 p.m.
Outdoor movie
Somers Hill

8 a.m.-noon
Technology Help Desk
T2400 hallway

10 a.m.-noon
Brunch
Greenview Dining Room

10 a.m.
Spiritual time
See Saints Life Goes Virtual! for virtual links for area worship opportunities.
Mass in Somers Main Lounge


#SAINTSRISEUP
Bold Dignitas
12:30-1:45 p.m.
Delta groups

Find your classes and campus resources
Meet in Delta Locations first

2-3 p.m.
Dignitas class first meeting

3:15-4:15 p.m.
Student success and wellness panel

Mitchell Auditorium


#SAINTSSTRONG
Please check the back of your name tag to see if you are in the Bold or Benedictine Dignitas. Your Delta Leaders will know as well.


#CSSBLUECREW
Benedictine Dignitas
12:30-1:30 p.m.

Student success and wellness panel
Mitchell Auditorium

1:45-3 p.m.
Delta groups
Find your classes and campus resources

Meet in Delta Locations to begin

3:15-4:15 p.m.
Dignitas class first meeting


5:30 p.m.
Dinner
Practice GDR Take-Out System
Greenview Dining Room

7:30-11 p.m.
Blue crew night
Brought to you by SAAC

8 a.m.-noon
Technology Helpdesk
T2400 hallway

8:30-9:45 a.m.
Breakfast
Greenview Dining Room

11 a.m.
Delta groups


#SAINTSRISEUP
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Welcome to the neighborhood (part III): connecting as a community of saints

Mitchell Auditorium

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Delta groups

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Lunch

Greenview Dining Room


#SAINTSSTRONG
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Lunch

Greenview Dining Room

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Welcome to the neighborhood (part III): connecting as a community of saints

Mitchell Auditorium

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Delta groups


#CSSBLUECREW
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Delta groups

12:30-1:30 p.m.
Lunch

Greenview Dining Room

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Welcome to the neighborhood (part III): connecting as a community of saints

Mitchell Auditorium


3 p.m.
Community and beyond!
Explore CSS and the Duluth Neighborhoods.
All events leave from Mitchell Auditorium

Activities include:
3 p.m., 3:30 p.m. Buses to Canal Park 2 buses
6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Buses return to CSS
3 p.m. Adventure along Chester Creek, Community and Beyond
3:15 p.m. Adventure along The Valley of Silence

4:30-6 p.m.
Dinner
Greenview Dining Room

6:30-7:30 p.m.
Praise and worship
Christian Fellowship and Worship
Somers Main Lounge

8 p.m.
Adam Grabowski and Chris Jones — Stand up and knock out
Science Lawn

Questions?

If you have questions or concerns about Welcome Weekend, please contact Megan Perry-Spears at mperryspears@css.edu. Or contact the orientation interns at orientation@css.edu or (218) 723-6728. 


Other helpful bits of information

Housing

If you apply for and select to live on campus for the fall, you will receive a letter in the middle of July informing you of your fall housing assignment and your new roommate(s). To be assigned a room, you will need to complete a housing contract and submit your $200 deposit. If you have not yet submitted your full deposit, please contact your CSS admissions counselor or make your deposit online. You may also review a list of suggested items to bring to campus. Transfer students are not required to live on campus, but if you are a transfer student and interested in living on campus, please complete the same steps.

Saints Dining

Meal plans are used primarily in The Greenview. Here students can dine with their friends or make a to-go meal to take with them. More information can be found on the Saints Dining website.

Parking permit and transportation

Students are allowed to have vehicles on campus, but are required to register their vehicle online and purchase a student parking permit.
Please note that many students opt to NOT have a car on campus and it works out just fine. You can use your CSS ID as a bus pass to go anywhere in Duluth. For traveling further distances (Twin Cities and beyond) Jefferson Bus Lines picks up right on campus! (www.jeffersonlines.com/)